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Digital ‘tagging’ firm BrightTag snags a $15M third round of funding

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This is the second Chicago-area company to raise an eight-digit round of funding today. BrightTag, a company that runs the tracking of consumer preference and their data, has picked up $15 million from its previous investors New World Ventures, TomorrowVentures, EPIC Ventures, I2A and Silicon Valley Bank, alongside a new firm, Baird...
Digital ‘tagging’ firm BrightTag snags a $15M third round of funding

Apple fights off iPhone scalpers in Hong Kong with new lottery reservation system

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Apple has put an online lottery reservation system in place for iPhone 4S pre-orders in order to prevent Hong Kong scalpers from reserving iPhones. This comes after initial sales were cancelled due to riots and crowds. The new reservation system no longer allows someone to reserve an iPhone without...
Apple fights off iPhone scalpers in Hong Kong with new lottery reservation system
A new target for tech patent trolls: cash-strapped American cities

Uber Sued By Taxi And Livery Companies In Chicago For Consumer Fraud And More

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It’s no secret that Uber’s disruptive on-demand car and taxi service is ruffling feathers amongst the taxi industry. It seems that in every city in which Uber launches, there’s legal pushback from the industry that the startup is disrupting. We’ve seen this in D.C., San Francisco, New York and Boston....
Uber Sued By Taxi And Livery Companies In Chicago For Consumer Fraud And More

Should The Hummer Be Saved?

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Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like a done deal that General Motors would be putting their Hummer brand out of its misery. But a group of Hummer fans (because who doesn't love an occasional Hummer?) is going to make a final stand for their favorite vehicles at...
Should The Hummer Be Saved?

Exclusive: Eric Lefkofsky's First Interview As Groupon's CEO

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The chairman and cofounder of the beleaguered company defends daily deals, opens up about its problems, and tries to redefine the service as a next-generation Costco. Where was Groupon chairman and cofounder Eric Lefkosky when then-CEO Andrew Mason got fired on February 28? On a two-month sabbatical in Southeast...
Exclusive: Eric Lefkofsky's First Interview As Groupon's CEO

SingleHop takes on $27.5 million to expand its hosting business, citing record earnings

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SingleHop is a name that you know, if you are in the Chicago area. Everyone’s had a server there, or, if my memory servers properly, been to an event that they have helped sponsor. That said, that SingleHop just picked up $27.5 million from Battery Ventures, in a round that...
SingleHop takes on $27.5 million to expand its hosting business, citing record earnings

Uber tackles Taxis in Chicago with Uber Garage experiment

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Uber has been making quite a name for itself with its fleet of private Town Cars you can order straight from your smartphone. But, high-end luxury shuttles only account for a tiny fraction of the car service market. A much larger piece of the pie is owned by the...
Uber tackles Taxis in Chicago with Uber Garage experiment
In largest automotive Klout perk, Chevy loans Volts to consumers in 6 cities

Never Mind the Valley: Here's Chicago

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Holding down the proverbial fort for the mid-west, Chicago, the Windy City, is the third largest city in the U.S. and the most populous city that doesn't sit on an ocean coast. The city, which does, however, rest on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to a unique culture...
Never Mind the Valley: Here's Chicago
Groupon's one-year anniversary feels more like a funeral. So what's next for daily deals?

Man gets 30 months in prison for taping nude sportscaster

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Erin Andrews bids adieu to peephole stalker A Chicago-area man was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for secretly taking videos of America's sexiest sportscaster in the nude and then posting them online.… What is your recession sales strategy?...
Man gets 30 months in prison for taping nude sportscaster

One Gtrot Founder Splits, The Other Raises $1 Million From Groupon's Founders To Launch A 2nd Startup

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Boomerang, a Chicago startup that lets Facebook users gift tangible items to friends, has raised nearly $1 million from Lighbank. Lighbank is an early stage investment firm founded by Groupon founders' Eric Lefkofsky ad Brad Keywell. Its CEO and founder Zachary Smith raised $800,000 in February with Brittany Laughlin (pictured)...
One Gtrot Founder Splits, The Other Raises $1 Million From Groupon's Founders To Launch A 2nd Startup

Bus Company Threatens Redditor With Lawsuit, Meets Ken White, Runs Away

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Another day, another case of a business attempting to stifle online criticism via threat of lawsuit, amirite? We've seen it again and again. Companies ignorant of the terrifying Streisand Effect go after critics and, normally, the only warm and fuzzy feeling we can take away from it is knowing...
Bus Company Threatens Redditor With Lawsuit, Meets Ken White, Runs Away

Amtrak Plans To Have Free WiFi On All Of Its Trains

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According to Ars Technica, Amtrak is looking for vendors to expand its very successful implementation of free WiFi on its Boston-New York-Washington DC high-speed trains. Of course, the “Northeast Corridor” as the route is known, accounts for a large percentage of Amtrak’s nationwide passenger traffic, so really the biggest...
Amtrak Plans To Have Free WiFi On All Of Its Trains

Former top patent judge: system works "quite well," needs to be "stronger"

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The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit at its creation in 1982. Chief Justice Warren Burger is third from the left in the front row. People have radically different views of the patent system. Critics see it as an unmitigated disaster, while many in the patent bar...
Former top patent judge: system works "quite well," needs to be "stronger"

Chicago-based smartDIGITAL raising $2.7 million to grow its outdoor interactive display business

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smartDIGITAL, a Chicago-area company, today announced that it is in the process of closing a $2.7 million Series A round, moving its headquarters, and plans to double its headcount in the next 1.5 months. We don’t see too many announcements of forthcoming funding; smartDIGITAL stated in its release that its...
Chicago-based smartDIGITAL raising $2.7 million to grow its outdoor interactive display business

How and why you should do data journalism

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One of the big areas of focus for technology companies over the past year has been “big data” — in other words, the idea that there can be a lot of value in finding patterns in the massive quantities of user data and other information that a business generates....
How and why you should do data journalism

Fast-growing cloud infrastructure startup SingleHop grabs $27.5M from Battery

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Infrastructure-as-a-service startup SingleHop has raised $27.5 million in its first round of funding, cash that will help it quickly accelerate growth, the company announced today. SingleHop has been slowly making a name for itself in the cloud computing and cloud infrastructure arena. The company’s proprietary management platform, called LEAP,...
Fast-growing cloud infrastructure startup SingleHop grabs $27.5M from Battery

T-Mobile completes iPhone-friendly upgrade in 23 cities

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T-Mobile on Thursday officially activated its overhauled HSPA+ systems in five more regions of the country, including the greater Chicago area, bringing it that much closer to fielding a nationwide network that can fully support Apple’s iPhone. Today’s launch in Chicago; Reno, Nev.; Fresno and Sacremento, Calif.; and the region...
T-Mobile completes iPhone-friendly upgrade in 23 cities

How An Executive Head Hunter Found Her Husband

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When Iris Levenberg found herself divorced and living in South Florida in her 50s, the executive head hunter-turned-life coach was determined to find a life partner. "I was on a mission," recalls Iris, now 61. "I spent years as a head hunter, and that's how I look at life: You're...
How An Executive Head Hunter Found Her Husband

New Exercise App Turns Wherever You Are Into an Obstacle Course

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It’s almost New Years and, for many people, it’s resolution time. It’s the time of the year when a lot of workout gear and gym memberships get sold (and I suspect a fair number of Fitbits and other gadgets as well.) Even if you are not quite motivated to go...
New Exercise App Turns Wherever You Are Into an Obstacle Course

SCOTUS leaves in place ruling that protects right to record police

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The United States Supreme Court rejected a request from a Chicago-area prosecutor to review a recent ruling that the First Amendment protects a right to record the actions of police officers as they perform their public duties. The lower court's decision was hotly contested. A two-judge majority ruled in May that...
SCOTUS leaves in place ruling that protects right to record police

City of Chicago launches technology fellowship to boost its collaboration with local tech scene

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Chicago-area students involved with technology take note: the city itself is looking to hire four of you later this year as part of a paid fellowship. Chicago, a city with a budding technology scene that has produced a number of noteworthy, and growing companies, wants to strengthen ties with its...
City of Chicago launches technology fellowship to boost its collaboration with local tech scene
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How do you know if your broadband meter is accurate?

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When happens when your ISP says you’re going over your broadband cap, but your own self-installed usage meter still says you have plenty of gigabytes left? That’s what Ken Stox is about to find out, as he takes on his ISP to try to figure out why his own usage...
How do you know if your broadband meter is accurate?

Nokia Confirms Lumia 900 Software Glitch, Offers Fix and $100 Credit

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Nokia said late Monday that it has identified a problem that has left some early Lumia 900 customers unable to connect to the Internet. Nokia U.S. chief Chris Weber told AllThingsD that the issue is a memory management issue with the phone’s software and not tied to any hardware issues...
Nokia Confirms Lumia 900 Software Glitch, Offers Fix and $100 Credit

More Tickets Released For Detroit And Chicago Meetups

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Our first stop for our Northern meetup series was Toronto and it was an absolute blast! Almost 1,000 hungry and thirsty techies poured into the Steam Whistle Brewery to hang out, drink, eat, mingle, meet and talk with us. It was an amazing time and we hope to go back very soon....
More Tickets Released For Detroit And Chicago Meetups

Sprint pays $480M for US Cellular spectrum, half a million customers

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Sprint, now poised to become majority owned by Japan’s Softbank, is adding to its spectrum resources by buying up $480 million worth of spectrum and customers from U.S. Cellular . The purchase, which also includes the assumption of “certain liabilities” will help Sprint improve its coverage in the midwest and boost...
Sprint pays $480M for US Cellular spectrum, half a million customers
Express to Internet Hate: Bus company threatens redditor with lawsuit
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